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UK, European Union to resume trade talks on Monday as differences remain

The statement came after a call between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

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For her part, von der Leyen noted that "some progress had been made, but large differences remain". Illustration by Binay Sinha

Negotiators from the UK and the (EU) will resume talks on a post-trade deal in London on Monday as "significant differences" remained between the two sides, a Downing Street statement said.

The statement came after a call between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday "for a stock take on the progress in the negotiations", reports Xinhua news agency.

"The Prime Minister set out that, while some progress had been made in recent discussions, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fish," said the statement.

"The Prime Minister and President agreed that their negotiating teams would continue talks in London next week, beginning on Monday, in order to redouble efforts to reach a deal.

"They agreed to remain in personal contact about the negotiations," the statement added.

For her part, von der Leyen noted that "some progress had been made, but large differences remain".

"Our teams will continue working hard next week," she wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this week, the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) warned of "significant disruption" when the transition period ends on December 31.

Regardless of the outcome of the post-negotiations for a free trade agreement between the UK and the EU, there will be a significant change at the border in 2021, the NAO said on Friday.

The government spending watchdog said in its latest report that while the UK has now left the EU, preparations to manage the border at the end of the transition period remain very challenging.

The UK and the EU started their lengthy and bumpy post-Brexit talks in March after the country formally exited the bloc on January 31, trying to secure a future trade deal before the Brexit transition period expires.

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First Published: Sun, November 08 2020. 10:24 IST
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